CEDIA Expo 2018: Qobuz Brings Hi-Res Audio Streaming Buzz to Showfloor
CEDIA Expo 2018 was the forum for the stateside debut of the Qobuz (pronounced co-buzz) Hi-Res Audio streaming and download service.
Executives Dan Mackta, managing director, and David Solomon, chief hi-res music evangelist, were on hand to talk up the service, which is priced at $24.99/month and $249/year and also offers a mid-tier version of its service at $20 a month. It offers streaming in standard FLAC files requiring no special hardware for the highest resolution.
The company’s catalog consists of two million native Hi-Res tracks, CD-quality through 24-bit/192kHz and ad-free, and content is said to include hard-to-find jazz and classical tracks. Additional content includes album reviews, interviews, biographical articles photos and artwork, as well as a recommendation/curation component.
Currently available in France, the service launches in October in the U.S.